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Reminder: Windows 10 Home Will Cost $119 Starting July 29th

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Reminder: Windows 10 Home Will Cost $119 Starting July 29th

The free ride is nearly over. Microsoft has been offering (or in some cases forcing) a free upgrade to Windows 10 since it first came out. That offer is nearly off the table. After July 29th, Windows 10 Home will cost $119.

As Microsoft explains on the Windows blog, over 300 million devices have activated Windows 10, which is more than enough of a head start for the company to feel comfortable charging for Windows once again. If you get a new device, obviously the cost of Windows will be built in, but if you want to upgrade an existing device or buy a copy to install on a new machine, you’ll have to fork over some cash.

Of course, this isn’t news. We’ve known from the beginning that Windows 10 would only be free for the first year. July 29th marks the one year anniversary of Windows 10’s release. So, if you haven’t taken the time to upgrade yet, but you want to, you should probably schedule a day to make the transition some time in the next couple months.

Windows 10 Now on 300 Million Active Devices – Free Upgrade Offer to End Soon | Windows Blog

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  • Alan Hopes

    How about you just don’t fucking buy it and stop whining.
    Well, Windows 10 has been pretty clever about sneaking into machines and installing itself, in the process downgrading your “pro” 7 install to a “home” one. So some victims of Windows 10 didn’t consent, they were tricked.
    If you used Windows 7 (a pretty good OS!), you might expect that, at some point, Microsoft would make another good OS. It’s reasonable to be disappointed or even angry that they have not.
    And you said it yourself- Microsoft is obsessed with capturing what you do and sending it to their servers. This means that someone must obviously care what people are doing on computers, because there is such a huge pressure to make that happen.
    I can’t disagree with your overall point though: the solution is to stop using Windows. If Windows users continue to put up with anything, then “anything” is exactly what they will get.

  • Alan Hopes

    The messages use a variety of misleading text. For example, my wife was tricked into upgrading to Windows10 because after clicking “no thanks” a certain number of times, it eventually asked her “do you want to upgrade to Windows 10 now, or later?” and she clicked “later”, meaning “never”, but it installed it later that day, assuming it had permission.
    if you want to argue that TECHNICALLY she agreed to install it, fine, but in my opinion when a major avenue of adoption is tricking its users into installing it, that is pretty much the definition of evil.

  • vuz539

    The messages use a variety of misleading text. For example, my wife was tricked into upgrading to Windows10 because after clicking “no thanks” a certain number of times, it eventually asked her “do you want to upgrade to Windows 10 now, or later?”
    Nope. Your wife or someone else WAY back comitted to doing the upgrade. They clicked, “yes I want to install the upgrade when its available; reserve it now and let me know when its ready” or something along those lines.
    THAT was the opt-in or opt-out.
    Everything AFTER that, all those “Do you want to complete your upgrade to windows 10 now?” boxes your wife declined for the last few months … it wasn’t asking permission to install wiindows 10. It was asking to COMPLETE the installation of windows 10 that had ALREADY been requested.
    And yeah, like any other windows update that microsoft downloads and applies and needs a reboot; it prompts you to reboot, and if you decline long enough; eventually it forces the issue. “Complete and reboot now, or in a couple hours”
    Its like Adobe Reader asking to install an update. When you click ‘go’ it does its thing. When its finished and prompts for a reboot … “now or later” are your only options. The update has already been committed. You can’t look at that ‘nor or later” and lament that Adobe is forcing itself on you… “Now or Later” and cry evil. Well… I guess you can do just that, because you are doing just that.
    But its not really accurate.
    You or someone did agree to the upgrade at the very beginning. And everything after that was just a question of when you wanted to finalize the installation. Same as any other windows update you’ve ever done.
    That said I agree with you its clumsy, and the way microsoft hooked it up to the windows update system, which treats it much the same as any other update that needs a reboot was poorly thought out. I agree that it really should give you a final opt-out / cancel just before it finalizes. But it didn’t force you into the install; its just forcing you to finish the install you already started. At least it offers an easy rollback.

  • pezpunk

    haha, why are you bothering to defend this horrible practice?
    she did not want the upgrade. somehow it wound up on there. there are THOUSANDS of people with the same story. you want to write a book on why she TECHNICALLY must have agreed to install it at some point, fine, but the bottom line is she was tricked into installing it, and her story is an extremely common one. It’s a shitty tactic and it’s creating millions of brand new microsoft haters who previously didn’t really have an opinion on the company.

  • Anonymous

    Bull. Fucking. Shit.
    The “upgrade” eventually embedded itself directly into Windows Update where you would normally have buttons that allow you to check for updates. Clicking the button that was located in the exact same place as normal OS updates would install Windows 10. That is underhanded, slimy behaviour that was specifically intended to trick people into installing Windows 10. Simply not reserving a copy did NOT prevent this from happening.
    Either you’re being paid by MS or you foolishly upgraded and are now trying to convince yourself that it wasn’t a mistake by defending your decision and getting others to join you. After all, if you can get others to follow your stupid choice, it can’t be all bad, right? It’s called post-purchase rationalisation and you’re doing it in every single post you made here.